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USGS gets new $4 million ship to learn more about Lake Ontario

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Lake Ontario is getting a new research vessel. The multi-million dollar ship will gather data across the lake and where it empties into the St Lawrence River. It will be stationed at the U.S. Geological Survey's Biological Station near Oswego.

Supervisor Brian Lantry says the new, 69-foot, deep-water science vessel will replace the 50-year-old ship now used to collect data for a host of research projects on Lake Ontario.

Lantry says the new ship will carry heavier equipment, now used almost exclusively on ocean-going vessels. And he tells Jonathan Brown--because it's so difficult getting those ships on the Great Lakes--the new research vessel will provide more data on Lake Ontario's chemistry, physics and aquatic life.

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